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edemont26
08-28-2002, 10:12 PM
An M.Sc. position is available (starting immediately
or January 03) to study the physical properties and
interactions of the matrix components of lamprey cartilages,
which lack collagen. The annular (mouth) cartilage
of the sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) is composed
primarily of a previously unrecognized but major
structural protein of unique composition, which has
been called lamprin. Using morphological, biochemical,
molecular, and biomechanical approaches, we are
studying the structure, assembly, distribution and
function of lamprin, and investigating their evolutionary
relationships to elastin and collagen.

The successful candidate will be co-supervised by
Dr. M. E. DeMont (Biology, St. F.X.) and Dr. G. M.
Wright (Anatomy and Physiology, Atlantic Veterinary
College, UPEI) and provided with a tuition waiver and
a $16,500 stipend/year for two years.

A background in biomechanics and/or biophysics
will be an asset. Interested students should
contact:

Dr. E. DeMont (edemont@stfx.ca)
Biology Department,
P.O. Box 5000,
St. Francis Xavier University,
Antigonish, Nova Scotia,
B2G 2W5 Canada

or

Dr. G. Wright (gwright@upei.ca)
Department of Anatomy and Physiology,
UPEI, 550 University Ave., Charlottetown,
PEI, C1A 4P3 Canada

More information is available at:

http://iago.stfx.ca/people/edemont/biomechanics-lab.html

or

http://www.upei.ca/~anatphys/wright/Gwright.htm

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